Northwest Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers
Protecting Your Rights After a Car Accident
Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents all fall under the general category of motor vehicle accidents. These occur on highways, city streets, and even in driveways or parking lots. Approximately 2.5 million people are injured in traffic accidents across the U.S. each year. These collisions can cause catastrophic injuries, from whiplash to severe head trauma, and everything in between.
When you need experienced guidance after a serious motor vehicle accident, you can turn to the Northwest Indiana auto accident lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. We are here to help you with your claim so you can get the medical care you need, fix your vehicle, cover living expenses, and start moving on with your life. With over 110 years of collective experience, our lawyers have the know-how to truly represent your interests.
Call (219) 212-2462 for a free auto accident consultation.
Fault & Motor Vehicle Accidents in Indiana
Indiana uses a fault-based system for car accident claims. A person who holds the majority of blame for causing an accident can be held liable for the other party’s medical bills and other losses. This may be reduced if the other party was also partially responsible. For example:
- Sam rear-ends Jill’s car on the freeway. Sam is mostly at fault for the collision because he failed to brake in time, but in investigating the accident it is discovered that Jill only had one working brake light. It is determined that she is 30% responsible and Sam is 70% responsible for the accident. If Jill’s claim is worth $10,000, Sam would be responsible for paying $7,000 and Jill would be responsible for the other $3,000.
Car accident claims are most often paid by at-fault parties’ auto insurance providers, though additional coverage may be sought from a victim’s own policy or other sources, in some cases. A Northwest Indiana auto accident attorney at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. can make sure your interests are protected through the claims process, so you do not fall prey to an undervalued, delayed, or denied claim. We know how to research traffic accidents, gather evidence of fault, and present our cases to insurance providers to pursue fair compensation.
What Compensation Can I Recover for After a Car Accident?
There are two main types of compensation you will be able to pursue following a car accident, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages, also called special damages, compensate for financial losses an injury victim suffers such as current and future medical expenses, and the inability to work. These types of damages are usually easy to quantify since they are compensating for specific numbers.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for more abstract losses, including pain and suffering and emotional distress. Unlike economic damages, quantifying non-economic damages can be challenging and usually takes an experienced attorney to determine. Given the abstract nature of these damages, non-economic damages are also called general damages.
There is a third type of compensation called punitive damages, however, they are not often awarded. Punitive damages differ from general and special damages in that their main purpose is to punish a negligent party rather than compensate the injured party. As such they are often reserved for cases where the defendant knew their actions would cause harm but did so anyway.
Contact Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. today at (219) 212-2462 and find out how our car accident attorneys in Northwest Indiana can help you.
From the beginning of Theodoros & Rooth, P.C.'s existence, our dedicated attorneys have cultivated a reputation for client-centered advocacy in matters involving serious injuries. Drivers who have been harmed in truck, car, or motorcycle accidents; patients harmed due to the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or hospital’s carelessness; consumers hurt due to faulty products; and others who have been injured due to no fault of their own, have found a trusted team at our firm. We are devoted holding negligent parties accountable and standing up for patient safety, in order to promote a safer environment within the community as a whole. Our attorneys will take a team approach to help satisfy our clients’ unique needs in seeking the full and fair compensation they deserve.
This commitment has afforded us numerous accolades and award and we are truly proud of our long history of helping those who need it most. Learn more about how we may be able to help you by contacting our firm today.
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